Kal Marks Share “Springtime In January” + Announce Tour Dates

February 3, 2018

Hannah Dunscombe


Kal Marks Share “Springtime In January” Video with GoldFlakePaint

“Universal Care” Out February 23rd via Exploding In Sound Records

Announce US Tour Dates + Launch Indiegogo campaign for a new van

Kal Marks are sharing “Springtime In January” with a wild new animated video from their upcoming album Universal Care, due out February 23rd via Exploding In Sound RecordsGoldFlakePaint premiered the Carly Lieberman directed video, sharing:

“There’s always been a wild edge to the music of Kal Marks, a kind of unspoken recklessness that goes hand-in-hand with the music itself; a wide-eyed flash of a stare, a palpable nervousness that rarely settles. Perhaps, then, a rabid animated video is the music’s best pairing, that same warped vision brought to life in scintillating video form.”

Speaking about the video’s concept, director Carly Lieberman added:

“I like making problems seem trivial by presenting larger less manageable problems. Carl (of Kal Marks) told me this song was about climate change, which is a clumsily managed problem created by humanity. So I started thinking about what would have to happen to make the self destruction of the entire earth seem like less of a problem. This video is about becoming so caught up in small scale problems, that we end up completely blindsided by the more damaging ones.”

Kal Marks will bring Universal Care to a town near you this Spring, with dates kicking off in March and a full US tour to follow in April and May. All dates can be found below. In addition to their upcoming tour, the band are in desperate need of a new van and have launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund their new ride. Nearly half way to their goal, the band are offering everything from records and shirts to personal guitar, bass, and drum lessons and the power to change their band name! It’s worth checking out just for their promo video alone.

Universal Care is about asking questions and seeking answers during a tumultuous time for the band and the world. The future of the band was unclear following their last album, and Universal Care is a response to those strange and uncertain times. Recorded at Boston’s Mad Oak Studios with Miranda Serra G and mastered by James Plotkin (Old Man Gloom, Windhand, Thou), it’s a heavy record that spans the spectrum of Kal Marks’ dynamic sound from hazy folk to blistering noise rock, a reflection of Carl Shane’s(guitar/vocals) spirit and emotions. The album is a reaction to the death of a close friend, but it’s also a reflection of the seriously dark times in our country. The band are baring their souls and taking chances, creating their most compelling album in the process.


3/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar w/ Maneka, Baked, & A Deer A Horse (Release Show)
3/09 – Hadley, MA @ The Flip
3/10 – Cambridge, MA @ Elks lodge w/ Nice Guys & Bat House (Release Show)
3/24 – Portland, ME @ Bowl Haven w/ Greed Island
4/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits
4/04 – Washington, DC @Rhizome
4/05 – Richmond, VA @ Champion Brewery
4/06 – Charlotte, NC @ Lunchbox Records
4/07 – Asheville, NC @Static Age
4/08 – Nashville, TN @ East Room
4/09 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
4/10 – Tallahassee, FL @Wilbury
4/11 – New Orleans, LA
4/12 – Houston, TX
4/13 – Austin, TX @ Beerland
4/14 – Denton, TX @ County Brewery
4/18 – Flagstaff, AZ
4/17 – Phoenix, AZ
4/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Top Space
4/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock
4/20 – Oakland, CA @ Eli’s mile high club
4/21 – Corvallis, OR @ Sparkle Castle
4/22 – Portland, OR @ Rontoms
4/23 – Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge
4/24 – Boise, ID
4/26 – Denver, CO @ Club Scum
4/27 – Omaha, NB @Brothers Lounge
4/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon Bar
4/29 – Madison, WI
4/30 – Chicago, IL @Subterranean (Downstairs)
5/01 – Kalamazoo, MI @Rancho Unicorno
5/02 – Ohio
5/03 – Rochester, NY @ small world books
5/04 – New Paltz, NY @ Nachohouse
5/05 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s

Kal Marks
Universal Care
February 23, 2018
Exploding In Sound Records

1. Fuck That Guy
2. Universal Care
3. Loosed
4. Springtime In January
5. Ode
6. All Error Is
7. Grand Mal
8. The Afterlife
9. A Place Amongst All The Angry Hordes
10. Adventure
11. Reprise
12. Today I Walked Down To The Tree, Read A Book, And When I Was Done I Went Back Inside

“Kal Marks decided to get uncomfortable by reeling the noise in. They hit a sweet spot in the process.” – NPR Music

“a stressful, tightly-clenched fist, seven minutes worth of knotted energy and anxiety-inducing tension. It’s a massive, squalling tour de force for all the musicians involved, frantic and frenetic and more unconventional than anything Kal Marks has done.” – Stereogum

“Despite vocalist Carl Shane’s frequent lapse into Black-Franciscan snarls throughout Care, “Today I Walked…” proves an apt handle for the climax to this profoundly bored apocalypse: When the music lilts, swells, then pummels, Shane remains unflapped, delivering each line with a matter-of-fact recitation. It’s heavy, bleak, and oddly cathartic” – FLOOD Magazine


Universal Care is cathartic. Kal Marks’ are finding a release… a crushing, beautiful, absorbing release, an exploration of spirit and emotion in the hardest of times. Their latest LP, Universal Care, due out February 23rd via Exploding In Sound Records, finds the Boston trio at their most dynamic, seeping with vivid colors and sonic experimentation. Its a new approach for the band, one that began on shaky ground, an uncertainty that lead the band to create an album both brilliant and challenging. Universal Care is restless, drawing on personal hardship and these tumultuous times, taking life as it comes. The trio of Carl Shane (guitar, vocals), Michael Geacone (bass) and Alex Audette (drums), have created a record full of sonic risks and rewards, thick textures, skin crawling sludge, and hazy pop. Through unexpected twists and turns, the band capture a range of honest emotions and struggles without boundaries. Crushing distortion, atmospheric drifts, shifting rhythms, and warm acoustics all swirl together in unison. There’s a freedom in their agitation. A welcoming catharsis.

Formed as a solo project over a decade ago, the band has been evolving ever since, weathering the darkness with a sense of humor and one of Boston’s most explosive live shows. Having released two critically praised albums, Life Is Murder (2013) and Life Is Alright, Everybody Dies (2015), Universal Care is a step forward, a brilliant new record that finds the band darting between their most accessible and chaotic moments with natural grace and fury. They’ve spent the past six years playing throughout the country, decimating one audience at a time, sharing the stage with everyone from Big Business and Pile to And The Kids and Florist.

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